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Emy Koopman MA

PhD Candidate


Biographical Note

Emy Koopman (1985, Groningen) is a PhD student in the Department of Media & Communication. Under supervision of Prof. Dr. Susanne Janssen (EUR) and Dr. Els Andringa (UU) she will work on her NWO-funded project Reading Suffering. An Empirical Enquiry into Emotional, Intellectual and Ethical Responses to Narratives of Mental Pain.  

Emy has studied at Utrecht University and holds a Research Master’s degree in Literary Studies (2010, cum laude) and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (2011). Her ambition in her research has always been to combine these two fields, which has resulted in a specific interest in narratives on trauma. She has presented several papers on this topic at international conferences and has published in, a.o., the Journal of Literary Theory. Apart from her academic activities, Emy has worked as an editor for Vooys, tijdschrift voor letteren. Currently, she is a contributing editor at hard/hoofd and an editor for the website For the latter, she also writes literary reviews.  

From March until November 2011, Emy worked as an intern at mental health institution PsyQ. She started her Ph.D-research at the Erasmus in December 2011 and aims to finish in December 2015.